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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ from al jazeera's headquarters in doha this is the news hour and coming up, in the next 60 minutes, accusation that moscow is controlling separatist in ukraine as tensions on the ground escalate. 3 million refugees fled syria and the u.n. is calling it the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time. a country divided, live in yemen capitol where protesters are
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taking to the street. plus. ♪ we are off to the opera in canada where the singers get on their bikes to perform. ♪ we start this news hour with the escalating crisis in ukraine, rebels fighting in eastern ukraine agreed to open humanitarian corridors letting them go to the battlefield and this is after the talk with vladimir putin and it's more proof the separatists are directly controlled from russia and they are in controlled of large parts of eastern crane including the lohansk and donsk and taken the coastal town and the big fear is they are trying to create a land corridor with
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the and next region of crimea and these are the areas where separatists are getting help from russia. >> translator: there was a call from the russian president to provide the encircled units with all humanitarian corridors and ready to give them core -- corridors so the weapons cannot be used against us. >> we will go to babbot with russian magazine and thank you for talking to us. it seems like the separatist leader was talking direct instructions from vladimir putin, is this an indication that russia is in direct control of events in eastern ukraine?
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>> well, i don't think so because there were several incidents before when putin had wishes and not fulfilled by fighters in eastern ukraine and in may they asked separatists not to conduct independent referendums in the two region and they controlled them in luvansk and the people in the areas still went ahead with their plans to hold referendums from the new regime in kiev. i think it's very strange to blame russia and putin for basically saving their soldiers. i think the ukraine soldiers lost it on the ground and now trying to save face and saying they lost to russia. >> what about the satellite
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imagery produced by nato which suggests the presence of troops on the ground and ten paratroopers who were captured by ukrainian troops a then were photographed and those photographs released as well and seems to add up to the fact there is active russian participation on the ground of ukraine. >> ukraine is a big country of 45 million people so i don't believe that you can control even a part of this country with just ten soldiers and they were taken by ukraine service on the border with russian, if there was an invasion there wouldn't be ten of soldiers but tens of thousands and that is not the case. let me finish, imagery.
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satellite imagery and spokes men said they did have confirmation from independent sources and nato is not an independent source nato is 100% behind the authorities in kiev unfortunately and not a mediator in the conflict. >> the rest of the west are eying moscow right now with a great deal of suspicion fearing vladimir putin has territorial aspirations towards eastern ukraine and that he may be hoping to do exactly the same he did in crimea with a larger section of territory, is that the case? >> no, because they several times said they don't want territories in crimea and it's a special case because the huge amount of people leaving are ethnic run shuns and in the east it's more complex ethnically and
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these are industrial areas which russia doesn't need. they will be a burden economically on russia. so i think this is one more case when the west created a civil war in a country, it was indeed going on in ukraine as a civil war like syria and iraq and the west is blaming other countries for something that it did. >> okay, thank you very much indeed for talking to us live from moscow and now we can go to eastern ukraine and we can speak to our correspondence den paul brennan who is in maripol and give us an idea where you are and where this is in relation to these new corridors that have been opened up by the pro-russian separatists to allow out ukrainian forces. >> reporter: -- >> i'm afraid we haven't got a
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sound connect shin -- connection with paul and it's not great and we will go back to paul to get the very latest on the ground in eastern ukraine but in the meantime let's go to syria because they fled the civil war and reached 3 million, around 5,000 people leafing the country everyday and it's the biggest emergency of our time and not enough is being done to help. when fighting began three years ago few people would predict how quickly the refugee total would have risen but by december 2012 the number of syrians who left the country crossed the 500,000 mark and the figure doubled throw months later when the one million was a refugee. and it took six months for that number to swell to two million and now a year later 3 million
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people crossed the border in search of safety and they are in lebanon and turkey, the rest are in jordan, iraq and egypt and this is in the beca valley in lebanon. >> reporter: behind me you can see some of theents, 200 tents and there are approximately 2000 people living here in very miserable conditions. for example there is no water, no bathrooms, these three tents there is water here provided by the united nations and they support the camp here. these three tanks give water for 2000 people for showering and drinking, for cleaning, for everything and for most of the people here in the camp this was a luxury when the u.n. brought these tanks eight months ago, there are 8.3 million registered here in lebanon and think it's
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higher but not registered and spread all over the country and in most cases they live in very similar conditions. they endured the loss of their home and settled in tents. they endured the snow and its bitter cold. endured the extreme heat and lack of water and electricity, lost their job and live on rations and survive on people's charity but almost all refugee parents will tell you the children not going to school is one of the most devastating aspects of the life. >> translator: it's a crime these children are not going to school and learning but there is not much i can do. >> reporter: and he came from aleppo a year and a half ago, his 14 children have not been to a proper school in two years including 7-year-old and 12-year-old. less than 40% of syrian refugee children are enrolled in school across the region and in lebanon
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70% of refugee children are not receiving any formal education and the drop out rate is on the rise as the number of refugees increase and the funds to help them decrease. some of the refugee children are lucky to be enrolled at public schools in lebanon but they have to struggle to catch up with a curriculum they are not familiar with. some people offer basic alternates to schooling but the children get though credit or certificate for it. some refugee children have not been to school in three years and it's unlikely they will be able to enroll this year. >> translator: my children's future is destroyed. we used to dream our children would become doctors or engineers, now our ambition is to find a place to sleep in and stay alive to the next day. announcer: a whole generation of syrians is under threat and so is the future of syria.
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now, most of these refugees when they first got here thought they will be here for only a few months and the conflict will be over very quickly and assad will be removed and a new syria and now many of them believe this is going to be a prolonged conflict and living in tents for a long time and trying to adapt but it's very difficult. >> that is a refugee camp for syrian refugees in the valley in lebanon. now another of our correspondents sue is at the refugee camp in doohok in iraq kurdish region in the north of the country and tell us a bit of the condition under which the people managed to escape syria and living under in part of iraq. >> reporter: well, as you saw i'm about 50 kilometers from the syrian border to the west and turkey border to the north and it's the largest camp in
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kurdistan and hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the region many are staying here, 225,000 in all, first came to the region. but that figure has dropped to 210 because i'm hearing as many as 300 a day are leaving to go back to syria and tells us less about the situation in syria and more about the situation that is going on in here because we are only about 20-30 kilometers to the north at the mosul dam and the islamic state fighters took the mosul dam a couple of weeks ago and they are so close in the area but still very worried and they are leaving here and trying to be entrepreneurial and setting up stores and he is giving ice cream to the children here, 20 cents a cone. these came from the area in syria and brought these children
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over here and says they are very, very scared as to what is going on here but trying to keep some sort of normalcy going on here. but he blames president bashar al a al-assad of what is happening here and we have the barber shop here and they came from damascus and i asked them when they came here they brought any belongings and they said they walked 3 1/2 hours across the border with what they came and i said did you bring your scissors, and they said no, we brought experience and have to buy scissors and people are trying to carry on with normal life but they are between a rock and a hard place and in a situation they cannot go back to syria and have ostay here because it's dangerous in syria at the moment and very scared as to what is going to happen if islamic state fighters if they are here again
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and talking about making preparation for if that happens and saying they have to fled up to turkey or back into syria if that threat becomes larger and look to the u.s. to try and save them. >> reporter: sue in dahook in a refugee camp where those who escaped syria's civil war have settled for now at least, 3 million refugees now. lots more to come here on the al jazeera news hour including deaths on duty in south korea, military commanders program promise reforms and also to come. >> i wish i was doing my job under different circumstances, the need for an armed escort frightens me everyday. >> and why an armed guard and nfl new penalties for domestic violence and details later in sport. ♪
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to yemen where opposition groups hold protest rallies and they are demand agree greater representation in parliament and taken up arms on the streets of the capitol. and there is also a rally being held by pro-government supporters and al jazeera reports. >> reporter: yemen is divided and they set up protest camps and their followers are mainly from the north of the country. they see the act of defiance as a legitimate move against a government accused of turning its back on their demands. >> in 2011 there was a revolution of poll tic --
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politicians and they cling on to power to defend their interesting. >> reporter: the rebels are led by this man. he says his people are determined to stay on the streets until their demands are met. they want the government to resign and be replaced by a government of tecnocrats and above all a greater representation in the government. but for opponents these are demands that mask a growing rebel ambition to seize pour. tribes men for government malitias and sunni leaders united to support the president. they are accused of implementing a radical religious agenda backed by i ran. >> translator: i tell them to stop saving people. don't intimidate people and their dag is e-- agenda is
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iranian. >> reporter: they are under mounting pressure to do something and he recently told a gathering the army is ready to carry out a swift operation against the people. hundreds of rebel fighters have set up checkpoints in the roads in and out of here. >> reporter: these are exceedingly tense times in the ye mshg yemen capitol and looks like friday prayers may be over. what is the situation? >> reporter: well, as you can see behind me it's pro-government and gathering here with the president and they are very critical and say the people are trying to implement a radical religious agenda backed by iran. at the very same time there is a
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rally saying they are going ahead until this government steps aside as the government is formed. very delicate situation as you can see here behind me. these crowds are chanting we are united behind the president and ready to die for the sake of a united yemen. >> tempers are quite high and it's alarming to realize there are dozens the street and weapons and the prospect of this turning ugly are quite high, aren't they? >> very concerned here about the latest development in the capitol and particularly about reports of fighters controlling strategic areas now, particularly the main roads that lead to the capitol and they have managed to set this up near the international airport. today the people here are asking
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the president to dispatch and put an end to the fighters around the capitol. the problem that we have at this particular moment, the moment both people gather here the sectarian sentiment is on the right and it has boiled down to a new political reality similar to the ones that are in lebanon, iraq and syria, people saying that we are people think we are sunnis and asking people in the community and the threat to put an end to what is going on in the capitol and because of the concern, if nothing is done by the government, this will just further disintegrate. >> we will leave it for now and thank you very much and our correspondent there in a very tense yemen capitol. now we have breaking news coming
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out of south africa, two of the six men accused of trying to kill a former military general we hear have been acquitted. four other men are still awaiting a verdict in their trial. general used to be a close associate of the president but they fell out and he fled to south africa in 2010 and we will keep you up to date on the verdict and expecting the verdict with the other four men later on and stay with us here at al jazeera. the wife of one of the al jazeera journalists jailed in egypt has given birth to a baby boy. this is mohamed's third child and the mother of peter greste, the journalist that is there as well and visited a hospital in cairo and released a letter from prison written to his newborn son and he says i was fighting for the truth in my career and that was not easy.
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whatever it takes to keep looking for the truth and never be afraid of it. i want you all to maintain your dignity. it's one of your most precious values. and he with fahmy and greste and accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood and given 7 years sentence and mohamed got an extra three years because he had a spent bullet on him he picked up in a protest and the men filed appeals against convictions and the al jazeera network continues to demand their release. now military commanders in south korea promising change after a series of scandals involving the deaths of young people. they include a 22-year-old soldier who suffered abuse and from seoul harry reports.
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>> reporter: a right of passage for every south korean man, the day he leaves his family for two years of military service, after a summer marked of abuse, negligence and death more are questioning exactly what they are letting themselves in for. >> translator: actually i'm sad right now but pretending to be the case for my parents. >> translator: lately there has been a series of incident and parents are so worried but i trust in my son he will do a good job. >> the young man death is threatening to under mine the faith in the army duty of care and on april the 6th he was beaten by follow recruits while eating and choked to death and his mother said it took some time to uncover what really happened. >> translator: at the hospital i didn't realize but there were marks on his body, his sister questioned whether he was beaten. military police came to take pictures. when we asked whether they were scars they went away without
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answering. >> reporter: prosecutors later alleged he had been beaten nearly 100 times a day for the months before his death. more than 300,000 entering service every year it's a story that hit home for families in south korea and not the only one, in june a bullet killed five soldiers and then one accused often sexual abuse and another called for culture and there have been promises before and a military relying on discipline for the north korean fled pledged action after such incidents and yet they keep happening. >> translator: the number of incidents has gone down but their intensity has increased and adding to that is the problem of suicide cases and are also related to physical, sexual abuse or rights violations but they are terrorized simply as suicide.
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>> reporter: since his death they learned details about what he suffered, sexual abuse and sleep deprivation and humiliation and a bad way to do for a young man who wanted to be a hospice nurse. >> i don't want him to have died in vain. i hope with this incident all the bad practices and abuses in the military will disappear. >> reporter: a hope shared by new recruits and the proud and worried parents. harry faucet, al jazeera, seoul. >> let's have a look at the weather now and the weather has been causing some disruption in australia and steph is here to tell us more. >> murky for us and this is a picture of the beach in melvin and these are people on horses and cannot see through the midst and murk and it's thanks to the fog for the last four days and the reason to the fog is thanks to the area of high pressure here. before the area of high pressure
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rolled its way across we saw rain and gave us moisture we needed for the fog and this high pressure hasn't sured the skies stay clear and the winds are very, very light. so that is why we have seen such dense fog over the last few days, one more foggy morning and things in melbourne should improve. to the west there is a different problem. you see the area of clouds drifting its way acrash and for some of us in the southwest parts it has brought wet weather. 795 millimeters of rain there and that is the most rain we have seen in august since 1907 so clearly a very, very wet day. now that system is gradually edging eastward and it will break up a bit and saturday we will still see a few showers in purse but you will also notice the temperatures are dropping and around 17 degrees as a maximum temperature and blustry
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and east is fine and melbourne should have a fine day. >> thank you very much indeed. now from australia to india where opening a bank account is being made easier for millions more in the country and we report from new deli and many are already banking on a new government campaign for their financial future. >> reporter: she has opened her very first bank account, for years a group has looked after the little she can afford to put away but soon she will be able to handle her savings by herself. >> translator: i decided to open a bank account here today. the bank is giving me 0 balance and 1700 worth of accident insurance and i can also earn interest on my deposit. >> reporter: helping people save will help them beat poverty and wants 75 million families to register for bank accounts
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through a new campaign. >> translator: we have to get rid of financial innocenceability and connect every citizen with the economy and part of the process the mega banking initiative has been launched. >> reporter: india has one of the world's highest rates of household savings but very little of this is banked. opening a bank account in india can be a difficults the task for everyone and the people had fewer opportunities to participate in the country's banking system because of issues of lack of formal identification. but that doesn't seem to be a problem any more. >> translator: i'm here to help people open bank accounts as part of the government's new campaign. we came here with 150 forms but i just called my bank and asked them to send some more. the response has been overwhelming. >> reporter: social workers who are helping the process along say that opening a bank account is the easy part.
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>> translator: all these people know is that the government is giving something away for free and they should come and get it. what they really need is education. the people need to be made aware of how a bank account will actually help them. >> reporter: meet india's newest bank customer and soon part of one of the world's biggest m iss and opening a bank account now are hoping to cash in later. al jazeera, new deli. >> a lot more to come on the news hour including malaysia airline workers pay the price for a disaster of a year, 6,000 of them to go. and later in sport there is disappointing finish for the 800 meters record holder in zurich. ♪
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♪ you're with al jazeera news hour, reminder of the top stories. pro-russia separatist agreed to open corridor to allow them to leave battle zone and this is after the president vladimir putin asked the rebels safe passage. they are demanding the government resign and until they are reinstated. number of refugees fled fighting in syria and reached 3 million, that is around 5,000 people a day. the u.n. says it's the biggest
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humanitarian emergency of our time and not enough is being done. we have an update on breaking news this morning, coming out of south africa out of joe -- johanesburg a man has been acquitted and the four others are being found guilty of attempted murder. general is a general they are accused of at telling to kill, he used to be a close associate of rowandian president and they fell out and he fled to south africa in 2010. scientists studying ebola out break in west africa say the virus is mutating quickly and could reduce effectiveness of tests and vaccines that are currently in development. since march more than 1500 people in guinea, sierra leone and liberia and have been
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reported to die from the virus and they through it's much higher and we have the latest. >> reporter: welcome edition in the fight against ebola and this is in the capitol free town. one of two labs in the country and are testing ebola was closed this week after member staff caught the virus and the facility has been open a few days but already it's in high demand. >> in the past if you would like to test ebola you would have to send the specimens overseas. the test results would be issued after a few days or sometimes after a week, if not even longer. here we can issue the results since when we receive the specimens and issue results within 3-5 hours. >> reporter: in guinea u.n. agency unicef donated motor bikes to the government to help health officials reach remote
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village's and said the out break changed the lives of thousands of children. >> translator: with an average of five children and with the parents due to ebola you can imagine there are thousands of children vulnerable by the epidemic. >> reporter: clinical trials in the u.s. are likely to start next week and uk next month. vaccine development and testing usually takes up to ten years, drug company kline hopes to finish the first phase of trials by the end of 2014. experimental vaccine has been tested successfully on chips which can catch ebola and two proteins have been shown to be safe in humans. but a study just published in the journal of science suggests the ebola virus in west africa is mutating fast and can blunt
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the effectiveness of test and experimental vaccines. >> with experience from jack scenes -- vaccines and you have to be careful it's safe and no unexpected adverse reactions and the reason you go in very slowly with very few people and you follow them carefully. >> reporter: number of new cases in guinea, sierra leone and liberia and last week at the highest so far who warned it could take months or years to bring the outbreak under control. i'm with al jazeera. the 6,000 malaysia workers will lose their jobs as part of a restructuring plan and this is after a disaster year and two airlines lost in two months with more than 500 passengers and crew and more. >> reporter: a restructuring plan is a radical one but has to be given the nae -- nature
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given by the airline and they have a controlling stake in malaysia airlines and resooe re and investment of $1.9 billion in this complete restructuring designed to make the airline more regionally focused and the idea is the airline will return to profitability within three years and the job losses are what people feared. the company softened the blow by offering retraining and redeployment and still many in the workforce who feel they are paying the price for poor management decisions of the past. and malaysia airlines has been losing money consistently for the past three years and even before this double airline tragedy and still the company believes with this package it at least now has a future. in columbia former employees
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of gm have sewn their mouths shut to pressure the giant company to compensate them for work-related injuries. this is their latest protest after being laid off three years ago, only four workers of the original 60 remain. gm is accused of firing injured employees to avoid paying medical benefits. and millions of of people in argentina are 24 hour strike against unemployment and inflation and this is the second this year and comes a month after argentina defaulted on is international debt and we report from the capitol buenos-ares. >> reporter: this is the second strike since he has been in office, this one over a whole host of issues including job security, rising inflation and new taxes. the country is also in a difficult international
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situation, in conflict with the united states judiciary system over unpaid creditors. this strike on the early evidence of lookers unified previous strikes and major roads and access points to buenos-ares blocked all day and causing a degree of disruption. >> translator: again millions of people have voluntarily stopped work for what squeezed the workers. >> translator: the government looks the other wae because it doesn't want to be judged for corruption over the past few years or lose elections and workers employed and unemployed won't let that happen. >> reporter: the union movement is not united and not all janed the strike and state of action most notably the bus drivers union working as normal and here in downtown things are
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functioning more or less as normal and if anything a little bit quieter and they have severe chi chick -- economic problems but it's difficult to say what it has had. one of the most dangerous jobs is a tax collector and dozens of them killed after the government tried to establish authority in the often lawless capitol and our correspondent mohamed has been seeing the dangers the tax men face. >> reporter: he is a tax man. perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs in the somali jobs, and clutching a bag with collections he asks one shop keeper after another to pay up and charges a daily tax of 25 cents. an armed policeman is there as he goes about his business. >> translator: most people are
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willing to pay up but there are some who reject it. i wish i was doing my job under different circumstance, the need for an armed escort frightens me everyday. >> reporter: dozens of tax men have been killed in the last two years. and he is still mourning the death of her husband of 50 years and killed collecting taxes a few weeks ago. >> translator: we still don't know who killed him. we received a call from the mayor's office and asked to come and collect his body. he was our only bread winner. >> reporter: and the family was paid just $250 by the city administration as compensation. and this is a new concept to most people in somalia and as the current administration tries to have influence the efforts to introduce taxes are meeting
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resistance. just this week the business center was shut for three days in protest of what they are calling exorbitant taxes. >> we are not against paying taxes but we disagree with paying tax on goods 20 minutes after they leave the port where we fully paid duty on them. >> reporter: the idea of paying taxes for social services may seem out landish in a place where there are few functioning hospitals or schools but officials say if the government is ever to win itself of foreign aid and provide services to the people, business men will have to pay their part. for now that remains an up hill task. i'm with al jazeera, somalia. >> reporter: more on the breaking news story coming out of south africa and we can go live to our correspondent tonya page who is outside the court and the verdicts are in for six
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men accused of attempting to murder a former general from ruwanda. >> reporter: yes, they are and i can tell you that two of those men have been acquitted, one was the driver who the prosecution alleged had fed information, photo and the key to the security gate to the other accused, he was acquitted and a free man and the other was the master mind, the go between between ruwanda and south africa if you like. the magistrate just not convinced on the evidence presented against him he also is a free man. today on friday. the four other accused have all been found guilty of attempted murder. this dates back to 2010 where the general, a former general from the army was shot in the stomach and attempt to stab him as well and another attempt on his life, the accused arrested
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on their way to the hospital to finish him off so they have been found guilty of his attempted murder, those two men. now what was interested is the magistrate went on to say he believed the attempt on the general's life was politically motivated by people from rowanda and those people remaining unnamed and the magistrate not going into speculation around who they may be. >> of course one of the unspoken village of the villian and the president of ruwanda hires hit squads to carry out his work and many people are suspecting, isn't it? >> reporter: oh, absolutely. that was not a part of the prosecution's case but it was made very clear by the general himself on the stand that he had been threatened by who he said
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were agents of the ruwanda government and of former friends and allies of his. he made it very clear on the stand when he testified that he believed that his former ally, a man who he helped bring to power to the presidency that his former friend was behind the attempt on his life, and lots of suspicion in south africa and it was in the years of 2013 that a friend of the general, another former ruwa in, d ish -- ruwana found in his room and diplomates and members of the agency and in retaliation they did the same, the government always denying, however, any involvement that it is hunting down and attempting to take the lives if not taking the lives of people. >> in johanesberg and still to
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come in the news hour, serena goes to the ground on the u.s. opens and the next from flushing meadows plus. i'm in toronto and believe it or not dresses to go to the opera, a new kind of opera where performers actually arrive on bicycles. ♪
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now google has unveiled the latest high-flying idea, drones believe it or not which delivers to your door stop and amazon has a similar plant and the giant says it's experimenting too. if all of this works and the government and the relevant government gives approval it looks like a trip to the shops could become a thing of the past
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and that is something which directly affects us. [laughter] nfl has announced a new domestic violence policy and also apologized for their handling of the rice case in the united states. jessica taft reports. >> reporter: i was the video that shocked the nation, baltimore running back rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out office a casino elevator after allegedly striking her and the punishment hand down by roger, two game suspension and criticism and questions about the league stance on domestic assault. in a letter to team owners he outlines a new ffl policy on dealing with this and it's a game suspension and an indefinite ban from the league for a second offense and a
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second time offender may have reenstatement after one year but it may not be granted. the telling of the new policy is it applies to all nfl personnel. >> what came out of the nfl today is extraordinary in terms of its leadership and decisiveness and commitment to really make a difference on this issue. >> reporter: his handling of the rice case led the public to question our sincerity and commitment and if we understand the toll of what it inflicts on so many families, i didn't get it right he said. it applies all incidents involving force, not just domestic violence. the policy is not retroactive and everyone starts with a clean slate. jessica with al jazeera. let's go live to brussels and the secretary general of nato. >> military aggression against ukraine. the meeting was held at
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ukraine's request. despite moscow's hollow denials it's now clear that russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and southeast ukraine. this is not an isolated action, but part of a dangerous pattern over many months to destabilize ukraine as a sovereign nation. russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside ukraine. russia continues to supply the separatists with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and rocket launchers.
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russia has fired on ukraine from both russian territory and within ukraine itself. more over, russia continues to maintain thousands of combat-ready troops close to ukraine's borders. this is a blatant violation of ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity and it defies efforts for a peaceful solution. today we expressed strong solidarity with ukraine. and at the wear summit next week we will meet president po poroshenko to make clear nato's unwavering support for ukraine. we condemn in the strongest
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terms russia's continued disregard of its international obligations. we urge russia to cease its illegal military actions and stop its support to armed separatists and take immediate and very viable steps toward deescalation on this grave crisis. and with that i'm ready to take a couple of questions. >> wall street journal >> secretary general, prime minister this morning said he wanted ukraine to move to membership and wanted to know if it came up in today's meeting and if it will be discussed in the summit in whales. >> we fully respect ukraine's decisions as regards ukraine's security policy and alliance
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affiliations. this is a fun mendel principle that each and every nation has an inherent right to decide itself on security policies and its alliance affiliations. i'm not going to interfere with political discussions in ukraine but let me remind you of nato's decision taken at the bucarest summit in 2008 according to which ukraine will become a member of nato provided of course that ukraine so wishes and provided that ukraine fulfill the necessary criteria. in the meantime, ukraine has decided to have a so called n - non-alliance policy and we fully respect that. we fully respect if the
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ukrainian parliament decides to change that policy because we adhere to the principle that each and every nation has the right to decide itself without interference from outside and we hope that other nations adhere to the same principle. >> what was discussed at the meet something. >> it was not discussed in today's meeting. >> news agency ukrainian, secretary-general we right now in completing a new situation i would like to repeat old question. how can nato really help or nato member countries and ukraine in this situation? thank you. >> at the summit in whales next week we will take decisions as to how we will enhance or
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corporation with ukraine. among other initiatives, we are establishing four trust funds to finance concrete initiatives within four areas. log isics, command and control, cyber defense and help to military personnel including wounded personnel. i'm very pleased that already at today's meeting several allies announced concrete financial contributions to these trust funds and it was signalled that more announcements may come forward at the summit in whales next week.
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the whole purpose of these trust funds is to finance activities that can assist ukraine in reforming and modernizing the armed forces with a view to making them stronger to defend ukraine. >> thank you very much, that is all we have time for this afternoon, thank you. >> and the secretary-general of nato addressing the issue of eastern ukraine, calling it a very grave issue itself. he talked about russian troops and equipment illegally crossing border into ukraine and he said this is part of a pat -- pattern occurring over several months now and said russia was directly involved in military operations in ukraine and said this is a grave violation of ukraine's
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territorial sovereignty. so that is the latest to come from this after the emergency meeting of nato. here on al jazeera of course we will be keeping you right up to date with the developments. they seem to be moving rather rapidly in ukraine and keep you up to date with the rest of the day's developingly stories and particularly looking at syria of course because today the u.n. has registered the three million refugee and most refugees being in lebanon, many of them in turkey, but also a lot of them in northern iraq and we have correspondents around the region where they are keeping us up to date and giving us a glimpse of hardships being experienced and on the website we have a special focus on the situation in ukraine. as i say the secretary-general of nato described it as a grave crisis, lots there, there is
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lots more of course on syria refugees as well and so al will keep you up to date with all the day's developing stories. ♪
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